GOP Debate: Republican Presidential Candidates Face Off In Florida (LIVE UPDATES)

09/22/2011 06:47 pm ET | Updated Nov 22, 2011

Nine candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination are facing off in a primary debate in Florida on Thursday night.

The two-hour event is sponsored by Fox News and Google. GOP contenders participating in the forum include: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The debate will mark the third of the election season for Perry since the White House hopeful announced his candidacy for president of the United States. Despite leading the GOP primary pack in national polls, the Lone Star State Republican has found himself having to fend off an increasing number of attacks from rival contenders in recent weeks.

Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold in Thursday night's debate in Florida.

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